April 2014

It is April, and this year people are hoping that water going back to its liquid state is not just another April Fool’s prank…

The geekery seems to be picking up steam with conventions and events all over the place, but the big thing this month for GPS is the 16th Annual Team Trivia Challenge on April 12 (see below).

This is the first year it’s being held at a location that is not the mothership (a.k.a. the Doubletree) or Event Horizon. We are excited to have it at Pepito’s Parkway Theater in South Minneapolis.

The Team Trivia Challenge is a game show-style trivia competition for teams of four. Teams test their science fiction and fantasy knowledge on a variety of topics ranging across movies, comics, television, science, books, and more. Eight teams (the previous year’s defending champions and seven challenging teams) compete for bragging rights and (modestly budgeted) fabulous prizes! Come to compete, come to cheer your friends on, and come be amazed at the depth of nerdiness!

For this year’s list of books and details how to register a team, please check the website.

GPS April Events

April 5 | 10 am – 10 pm | International Tabletop Game Day

“International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun.”

United Geeks of Gaming is one of the Twin Cities sites for this day’s event, and they are also doing a chili potluck!

 You are invited to bring a crock pot of your favorite chili to share. Please also bring a serving spoon for your chili and an ingredients list. Things that will be provided include: bowls; utensils; power strips; shredded cheddar cheese; sour cream; bread (white and wheat); tortilla chips; saltine crackers; and sriracha sauce (for those that want it a little hotter). If you want something special to add on to your chili, bring it. Please RSVP on the meetup at http://www.meetup.com/geekgaming/ and say what kind of chili if you are bringing (suggested donation of $5 if you aren’t but want to eat).


April 12 | GPS Team Trivia Challenge

Will Team Dolemite make it a 3-year winning streak?

Pepito’s Parkway Theater – 4814 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Teams need to arrive no later than 2:45 pm, seeding round starts at 3 pm. Registration fee is $20 per team. The main event starts at 5:30pm.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We’ll have a merchandise table there and need a person to staff alongside our treasurer. Also, we have a volunteer who will be filming Trivia for us, and she needs an assistant to help her, especially with the physical lifting. If you are interested please email [email protected].


Upcoming for GPS

May 15 | GPS Writing Contest Deadline

It’s submission time for the 2014 Writing Contest! If you are a writer or graphic novelist now is the time to show your stuff!! Submit your work (according to the submission rules) and win big..er, moderate… Prizes and Fame! There are five different divisions including Poetry, Graphic Novel, Youth 1, Youth 2, and Open Division and the Scott Imes award for local writers. Go to the website at http://geekpartnership.org/writing-contest/ for details.

May 16 – 18 | Art-A-Whirl at GPS

The Northeast Minneapolis Art Crawl is back! The Waterbury Building is a participant, and GPS is involved as a member of NEMAA. We’ll have a room of geeky artists and crafters, some live music, Crafty Geek will be doing some art project programming for the kids, and Twin Cities Makers will be showing their stuff out of the garage space for the Hack Factory.

VENDOR SPACE AVAILABLE & VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We’ll need folk to help with set up on Friday and teardown on Sunday, staff the merchandise table all 3 days, some wandering hosts to help around the building, Crafty geek folk to help with the kids program, and greeters to answer questions and talk about all we do. Email [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering or getting a table in our vendor space.

May 19 |6 pm | Annual Membership Meeting and Elections

Event Horizon room 107, 1121 Jackson St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Elections are coming. At the Geek Partnership Society’s (GPS) Annual Membership Meeting we will be electing three (3) directors to the Board. To vote in the upcoming elections you will need to have volunteered at least 20 hours for GPS organizations before May 1st. Volunteer opportunities are out there, so you can still get your time in!

Anyone eligible to vote may also be eligible to run for the board. Contact [email protected] for more information or to declare your intent to run. All declarations must be received by the Secretary by May 1st.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Also, we are forming an Elections Committee to set up and run the election. Contact [email protected] if you’re interested. We want to have 4 people, who will be working with the Secretary.


The judges have the entries for the annual Mark Time and Ogle Awards for SF audio. We have 15 entries from 3 continents totaling around 20 hours that each judge gets to hear and evaluate.  This year we added a new judge: Fred Greenhalgh has won a couple of Mark Times himself, and he runs FinalRune Productions out in Maine.  We are lucky to have someone with his expertise and experience on the panel. 

We like to see the people who have entered before send in their new works, as it means they are continuing to make science fiction and fantasy audio theater. Most of them get better at it with each new audio play.  As usual, we have several returning entrants and some new ones who have never sent in pieces before. We like them, too.  

Announcement of the winners will be in mid-June, and the presentation to the winners will be during the Opening Ceremony at CONvergence in July. Be sure to check out the Mark Time website to find some of the best SF and F audio theater over the last 16 years. Especially look for the Mark Time SF Audio Hall of Fame for the best going back to the 1930s.  


Club News (alphabetical by club)

Crafty Geek

Thursdays | 7pm – 9 pm in Room 106A

Come and make something Awesome! April’s project/build on the 17th will be an easy sew dinosaur. Check out the Meet Up group for information, and please RSVP there or on the Facebook event so they know how much to get for supplies.

Make It Sew (part of Crafty Geek in partnership with MN Society of Costumers)

Thursdays from 6:30 pm – 9 pm in 106/106A

Sunday April 6 | 1pm – 4pm | Main Hall (room 107)

People who sew. All skill levels are welcome. Recurring meetings coincide with Crafty Geek, one Sunday meetup.


Geek Physique

April 15 | 7:30 pm |  Bat’leth Training

Our ongoing mission: to bring better health, well being and physical enhancement to Geeks through phun physical activities! Geek Slink Bellydance is taking a break in April, but the next set of sessions start May 1, and Aikido to start May 6. Check the Meetup group for details and to RSVP/register for events.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We are also looking for folks interested in starting and running a bicycling group and a walking group, as well as people to help run this program overall. Contact [email protected] if you are interested.


Geeks Read

April 1 | 7pm – 9:30pm | Room 106A

Geeks Read will be discussing Sweet Silver Blues, which is the first in the Garrett PI series by Glen Cook, from the required reading list for the Team Trivia Challenge.

  • Upcoming books: May 6th Red Shirts by John Scalzi, June 3rd Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds.

Our July meeting at CONvergence will be a discussion about our Favorite Urban Fantasy books.
All meetings will take place at Event Horizon room 106 unless otherwise noted. Remember to bring in any books you feel like donating to the lending library.


GPS Photography Club

April 15  | 7 pm – 9 pm | Room 106A

We are helping to photograph items for Silent Auction and may also be working on sound triggers.


Read the Book/See the Movie

April 11 | This month’s selection is Richard III by a relatively unknown author w. Shakespeare. An obscure film of the same name from 1995 will be viewed at the “House O’Pain” residence of Sarah & George Richard. Please contact either [email protected] or [email protected] for the address. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm with movie starting at 7:30 pm. Those who are late do not get fruit cup.



Fridays April 11 & 25 | 8:30pm – 11pm | Classroom (106A)

The ATC/GPS co-sponsored club will be showing free classic anime movies and series. Join us and socialize with other people who enjoy anime as much as you do. Starting a new show as of our next meeting. Questions? Contact: [email protected]


United Geeks of Gaming

Open Gaming | Saturdays, April 5 & 19 | 10 am – 10 pm

RPG Gaming | Mon April 14 & Fri April 15 | 6 pm – 10 pm
In the living room (room 106). An RPG event for GM’s and Players to meet, setup games and run sessions.

Designers Session | Fri April 11 & Tue April 29 | 7 pm
These are a series of meetings for game designers of all stripes to come together for discussion and testing/playing games.

Crafty Gamers | April 17 | 7:00 PM
UGG joins Crafty Geek to hang out for a few hours and work on whatever scenery making, miniature painting, map making or other gaming projects, we want to do in the company of others.

Partner News

Convergence Events

2014 CONvergence Programming Panelist Sign Ups
For announcement and sign up / FAQ links go to http://www.convergence-con.org/2014/02/2014-convergence-programming-panelist-sign-ups-open/

April 27 | 2pm-5pm | Ops Open Meeting
at Grumpy’s in Minneapolis on Washington Avenue. Not just for Ops volunteers, all are welcome for an early con fix. There’s a short meeting at the beginning, socializing for the rest of the time. If you have any questions email [email protected]

April 27 | 3pm-5pm | Nerfherders Open Meeting at Event Horizon in  Waterbury, room 106A
Nerfherders public meeting! Come learn what we do and how you can help us keep people moving through CONvergence smoothly. If you have any questions email [email protected].


Anime Twin Cities

April 1 | 6:30pm-9:00pm | April Kotatsu

This month we’ll be meeting at Fantasy Flight Games Center, a gamer’s dream come true. They have plenty of space for open gaming, and a full kitchen with a variety of available food and drink. If games aren’t your thing, feel free to bring any other hobby that suits you. This is a public gathering; come and relax with your friends at ATC. ^_^  Look for the event organizer wearing a blue armband with the ATC logo.

Fantasy Flight Games Center – 1975 W County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113

April 22 | 6 pm – 8 pm | Second Harvest Volunteer Event

At S.O.S. we work to bring you interesting social events and events that build a sense of community. Here we bring you an event that does both. Join us at Second Harvest’s Golden Valley location for a night of food sorting and fun as we help provide food for people in need. To participate in this event go to www.2harvest.org and sign up for the shift on the volunteer calendar. Space is limited and they only ask for as many volunteers as they need so please only register if you’re sure you can make it.


April 28 | 6:30pm-9:30pm | ATC S.O.S. Meeting

Want to help organize events for ATC? Join the Social Outreach Services team at our staff meeting! Staff meetings are held at Event Horizon in the classroom, 106A. 

May 18 | 9 am | Team ATC at Minnesota Aids Walk

Anime Twin Cities has been participating in the Minnesota AIDS Walk since 2011. It’s a beautiful 6.2 mile walk along the Mississippi River, a great way to spend a spring morning. The walk does not require a minimum donation to walk but does suggest that you raise at least $25 to help keep this fundraiser profitable. Costumes or anime-related clothing are welcome, but please remember to dress for the weather.

You can join or donate to our team at http://www.mnaidswalk.org/animetwincities.

Other Announcements:

April 15 Preregistration ends for Console Room (May 16-18) (http://console-room.mpls.cx/)

April 30 Preregistration ends for BritCon (May 23-25) (http://britconmn.org/)


May 10 | 1pm-2pm | Book signing at Uncle Hugo’s

Douglas Hulick and Neve Maslakovic will be autographing at Uncle Hugo’s.
New Hulick title (available early May): Sworn in Steel (book 2 in the Tale of the Kin fantasy series) http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-hulick-douglas.php

New Maslakovic title (available now): The Runestone Incident (a time-travel novel, sequel to The Far Time Incident) http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-maslakovic-neve.php

Have you planned your calendar and registered for all of your cons yet? Check out the links below:

Apr 4-6        Anime Detour (http://www.animedetour.com/register)

Apr 5          International Tabletop Day (www.tabletopday.com/‎)

Apr 17-20    MiniCon (http://www.mnstf.org/minicon49/)

Apr 25-27    Omegacon Spring (http://www.omegacon.org/)

May 5          Free Comic Book Day (www.freecomicbookday.com/‎)

May 16-18   Console Room (http://console-room.mpls.cx/)

May 23-25   BritCon 2014 (http://britconmn.org/)

Jul 3-6        CONvergence (convergence-con.org)

Jul 25-27     Diversicon (www.diversicon.org)

Sep 12-14    Furry Migration (con.furrymigration.org)

Oct 17-19    Anime Fusion (animefusion.net)


If you would like to see more exciting GPS and geek events, please visit the calendar.
If you have an event you’d like added to the calendar, email details to [email protected].